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said unto him, Go up, rear and the spot on which the temple an altar unto the Lord in the was afterwards built. threshingfloor of Araunah the Jebusite. And David, according to the saying of Gad, went up as the Lord commanded. And Araunah looked, and saw the king and his servants coming on toward him: and Araunah went out, and bowed himself before the king on his face upon the ground. And Araunah said, Wherefore is

my lord the king come to his servant? And David said, To buy the threshingfloor of thee, to build an altar unto the LORD, that the plague may be stayed from the people. And Araunah said unto David, Let my lord the king take and offer


what seemeth good unto him : behold, here be oxen for burnt sacrifice, and threshing instruments and other instruments of the oxen for wood. All these things did Araunah, as a king, give unto the king. And Araunah said unto the king, The LORD thy God accept

24 Let our offering be that of our vill! thee. 24 And the king said To obey is better than aught else, unto Araunah, Nay; but I through the all-perfect sacrifice of

the Lamb of God. will surely buy it of thee at a price : neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. 25 And David built

25 Blessed be God, who, when He there an altar unto the Lord, looks to his judgments, remembereth and offered burnt offerings mercy; and stays the plague of sin and peace offerings. So the and misery for his Son's sake. Lord was intreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel.


The eighth Sunday after Trinity.

MORNING. 1 Kings xiii. ? And, behold, there came a i The sin of Jeroboam was twofold. man of God out of Judah by He himself invaded the ministerial the word of the LORD unto

functions, by burning incense, which Beth-el : and Jeroboam stood

was part of the priest's office; and,

as we learn from verse 33, he by the altar to burn incense. dained priests out of undue tribes, to ? And he cried against the offer unto God.” altar in the word of the LORD, 2 This was fulfilled 340 years afterand said, O altar, altar, thus wards, and B.C. 635 : the fulfilment saith the LORD; Behold, a

of so specific a prophecy must have

afforded to the Jews of that times child shall be born unto the the record of it affords to us nowhouse of David, Josiah by a most convincing evidence of the

he offer the priests of the high places that burn incense upon thee, and men's bones shall

3 God deigned to warn Jeroboam. be burnt upon thee. And When is it that the Lord is not he gave a sign the same day, gracious and longsuffering ! saying, This is the sign which the Lord hath spoken ; Behold, the altar shall be rent, and the ashes that are upon it shall be poured out. * And it came

+ What a striking instance of reto pass, when king Jeroboam

tributive justice ! The offending heard the saying of the man hand rendered powerless! O God, of God, which had cried strengthen my faith in the same against the altar in Beth-el, thine almighty power, to stay the that he put forth his hand hands stretched out against thy ser

vants and against thine honour now ! from the altar, saying, Lay hold on him. And his hand, which he put forth against him, dried up, so that he could not pull it in again to him. The altar also was rent, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign which the man of God had given by the word of the LORD. And the

6 How placable always is a religious king answered and said unto spirit! How ready ever to overcome the man of God, Intreat now evil with good! No hesitation in the face of the LORD thy the man of God to intercede for the God, and pray for me, that very being who had insulted his

office, and mocked his services. my hand may be restored me again. And the man of God besought the Lord, and the king's hand was restored him again, and became as it was before. And the king said unto the man of God, Come home with me, and refresh thyself, and I will give thee a reward. And the man of God said unto the king, If thou wilt give me half thine house, I will not go in with thee, neither will I eat bread nor drink water in this place : for so was it charged me by the word of the LORD, saying, Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that thou camest. So he went another way, and returned not by the way that he came to Beth-el. Now there dwelt an old prophet in Beth-el; and his sons came and told him all the works that the man of God had done that day in Beth-el : the words which he had spoken unto the king, them they told also to their father. And their father said unto them, What way went he? For his sons had seen what way the man of God went, which came from Judah. And he said unto his sons, Saddle me the ass. So they saddled him the ass : and he rode thereon, and went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an oak : and he said unto him, Art thou the man of God that camest from Judah? And he said, I am. Then he said unto him, Come home with me, and eat bread. And he said, I may not return with thee, nor go in with thee: neither will I eat bread nor drink water with thee in this place : for it was said to me by the word of the LORD, Thou shalt eat no bread nor drink water there, nor turn again to go by the way that thou camest. He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the LORD, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him. So he went back with him, and did eat bread in his house, and drank water. And it came to pass, as they sat at the table, that the word of the Lord came unto the prophet that brought him back : 21 and he cried unto the man 21 Though the wicked tempt us by of God that came from Judah, a lie, that will not excuse our dissaying, Thus saith the LORD, obedience. Does conscience whisper Forasmuch as thou hast dis- thee, that thou hast offended ? O seek obeyed the mouth of the and obey that gracious God, who yet Lord, and hast not kept the spar commandment which the Lord thy God commanded thee, but camest back, and hast eaten bread and drunk water in the place, of which the LORD did say to thee, Eat no bread, and drink no water; thy carcase shall not come unto the sepulchre of thy fathers. And it came to pass, after he had eaten bread, and after he had drunk, that he saddled for him the ass, to wit, for the prophet whom he had brought back. And when he was gone, a lion met him by the way, and slew him : and his carcase was cast in the way, and the ass stood by it, the lion also stood by the carcase. And, behold, men passed by, and saw the carcase cast in the way, and the lion standing by the carcase : and they came and told it in the city where the old prophet dwelt. And when the prophet that brought him back from the way heard thereof, he said, It is the man of God, who was disobedient unto the word of the LORD: therefore the LORD hath delivered him unto the lion, which hath torn him, and slain him, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake unto him. And he spake to his sons, saying, Saddle me the ass. And they saddled him. And he went and found his carcase cast in the way, and the ass and the lion standing by the carcase : the lion had not eaten the carcase, nor torn the ass. And the prophet took up the carcase of the man of God, and laid it upon the ass, and brought it back : and the old prophet came to the city, to mourn and to bury him. And he


laid his carcase in his own grave ; and they mourned over him, saying, Alas, my brother! 31 This is a very affecting instance

1 And it came to pass, after of remorse! The prophet felt that he had buried him, that he but for his lying tongue (verse 18) spake to his sons, saying, mourned a brother, whose fall he When I am dead, then bury had himself brought about. His me in the sepulchre wherein only consolation seems to have been, the man of God is buried; anxious that they who had been as

to show honour to his memory ; lay my bones beside his

prophets united in life, in their bones: for the saying which graves should not be divided. he cried by the word of the The grave buries all unkindness. LORD against the altar in Beth-el, and against all the houses of the high places which are in the cities of Samaria, shall surely come to pass. After this thing Jeroboam returned not from his evil way, but made again of the lowest of the people priests of the high places : whosoever would, he consecrated him, and he became one of the priests of the high places. And this thing became sin unto the house of Jeroboam, even to cut it off, and to destroy it from off the face of the earth.

EVENING. 1 Kings xvii. AND Elijah the Tishbite, 1 Elijah is called in the New Testawho was of the inhabitants of

ment Elias. Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word. And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. • And it shall be, + Blessed thought! no strait so that thou shalt drink of the dangerous but God's providence can brook ; and I have com- and will conduct us safely out of it ; manded the ravens to feed no place so desolate but his presence thee there. “So he went and but He relieveth it.

cheers it ; no destitution so complete did according unto the word "Elijah was wise enough to be of the LORD : for he went exact in obeying a precise command. and dwelt by the brook Che- When the Lord in his word bids us rith, that is before Jordan. cannot safely modify the command,

do any thing, or go any whither, we And the ravens brought him 6 Suppose the instinct of these birds bread and flesh in the morn- might have directed them to procure ing, and bread and flesh in flesh for their young, what but a

miraculous combination of time and the evening; and he drank of place and circumstance could have the brook. And it came to directed them to have laboured for pass after a while, that the the sustentation of the holy fugitive! brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land. And the word of the LORD . If one mode of our preservation came unto him, saying, 'Arise, fails, Divine Providence soon finds get thee to Zarephath, which out another. belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee. So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks : and he called to her and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand. And she said, patient misery-ever submissive to

12 An affecting picture this of As the LORD thy God liveth, the will of God, and in submissive I have not a cake, but an trust hoping against hope'! Her handful of meal in a barrel, patience, as it had its perfect work,

had also its perfect reward. and a little oil in a cruse : and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die. And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said : but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth. 15 How noble the faith of the 15 And she went and did ac- widow! How complete its triumph! cording to the saying of Elijah : and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. 16 He who created and sustained

And the barrel of meal the palm tree in its richness, and wasted not, neither did the the corn in its abundance, could by cruse of oil fail, according to

the same power bless the meal and

the oil cruse ; even as in an after the word of the LORD, which

age, by a few barley-loaves and five he spake by Elijah. 17 And fishes, 'He fed to the full the hungry it came to pass after these thousands in the wilderness. things, that the son of the 17 If God take away our breath, woman, the mistress of the we die! Art thou ready? house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him. 18 And

18 She attributed the sickness of she said unto Elijah, What her son to his impoverished nourishhave I to do with thee, O thou ment during the famine. man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son ? And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosomn, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed. And he cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD


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